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I’m off to see the Orcas, the wonderful Orcas of….

SeaWorld

Dining with Shamu at SeaWorldI have no problem saying that I’m a big fan of SeaWorld, Zoos, and Aquariums. Those who thought that Blackfish was a balanced documentary are the same people who DID NOT think that Bowling for Columbine or Fahrenheit 9/11 were balanced documentaries. And it’s true. There is no such thing as a balanced documentary because they are told from the point of view of the director, producer, and/or writer. Documentaries have a story to tell, even if it is only part of the full story.

Porcupine at Seaworld San DiegoI have watched a lot of documentaries in my life, and I have done a lot of research to get the rest of the story (smile if you remember the famous person responsible for always giving us the rest of the story).

Documentaries are one of my favorite genres because I love history and reality, except that type of reality that television gives us with The Bachelor, American Idol, and other crap (can I say crap on a family WordPress blog?).

Recently a friend with opposing views said, “Look what happened to Keiko!” Keiko was an Orca whale which starred in the movie, “Free Willy!” Knowing that said friend had no idea what happened to Keiko, I decided to help him improve his knowledge base. Here’s what happened to Keiko:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/freeing-willy-documentary_n_3957369.html

SeaWorld San DiegoFor those who don’t want to spare time watching an 11:43 documentary video about a whale, here’s the Cliff Notes version (smile if you remember Cliff Notes):

After $20 million and many years of teaching Keiko to hold his breath for long periods, catch his own food, and swim in harsh waters, Keiko wound up seeking out people wherever it went in the vast and free ocean. Keiko loved people.

SeaWorld San DiegoThe many whales at SeaWorld also love people. All you have to do is go watch a show at SeaWorld to see the love that is shared between the SeaWorld staff and trainers and the whales.

What people fail to realize is that Orcas are pretty big. If one is not careful, an Orca can kill you, even unintentionally in an accident. That is true with all life, though. Dogs kill people quite often. Cats can kill people with their bites and scratches. Heck, even people can kill people! So to use four accidental deaths in SeaWorld’s 50-year history and millions of shows is disingenuous at best, stupid at worst. Dogs kills more people each year than SeaWorld’s Orca whales, so carrying SeaWorld opponents’ thoughts to their logical conclusion, we should not have dogs captive in our homes or yards. They should all be released back into the wild from which they came. Cats, too. Not to mention all the marine life in aquariums, wildlife in zoos.

Starfish at SeaWorld San DiegoThe two most important reasons why I support SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the Scripps Aquarium :

  1. A great deal of the money they make each year goes to rescue marine life along the Southern California coast (beached whales, yes; dolphins, porpoises, sea otters, turtles) and injured wildlife in the interior, such as eagles, osprey, owls, big cats.
  2. Without the aquariums and zoos, I would never have had the opportunity to see elephants, giraffes, octopuses, bears, whales, tigers, jaguars, flamingos, spoonbills, eagles, leopards, penguins, and most of the other species at zoos and aquariums.

Since I go to the Zoo and SeaWorld quite often, I can also tell you that many people have told me that they have a greater appreciation for wildlife after they visit the Zoo and SeaWorld, and that’s important for the survival of species in the wild.

Here are some more pictures of SeaWorld:

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Flamingo lagoon at SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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Monitor at SeaWorld San Diego

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Beluga whale at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Orca whales at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea lion at SeaWorld San Diego

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Walrus at SeaWorld San Diego

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Polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

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Starfish at SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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Now I’m off to see the Orcas, the wonderful Orcas of SeaWorld! Happy Sunday to everyone!

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Sun bear at the San Diego Zoo

All tuckered out

San Diego Zoo logo

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Although many of the larger animals at the Zoo were out and about, many of them seemed to be all tuckered out after Thanksgiving:

Immature flamingoImmature flamingo at the San Diego Zoo

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KoalaKoala at the San Diego Zoo

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CamelCamel at the San Diego Zoo

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LlamaLlama at the San Diego Zoo

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Striped hyenaStriped hyena at the San Diego Zoo

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Sun bearSun bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Giant Panda at the San Diego Zoo May 2013

San Diego Zoo wildlife

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Yesterday was International Rabbit Day, which reminded me that I have not taken y’all to the San Diego Zoo with me recently. So here ya go!

Giant PandaGiant Panda at the San Diego Zoo May 2013

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Lion-tailed macaqueLion-tailed macaque at the San Diego Zoo May 2013

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Takin (baby)Baby takin at the San Diego Zoo May 2013

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Guenons and otterGuenons and otter at the San Diego Zoo May 2013

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Guenon (?) eatingGuenon at the San Diego Zoo May 2013

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Freshwater crocodiles sunningFreshwater crocodiles at the San Diego Zoo

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Turtles sunning (and two baby mallards)Turtles at the San Diego Zoo

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Giraffe eatingGiraffe at the San Diego Zoo

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Meerkat sentryMeerkat sentry at the San Diego Zoo

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GuanacoGuanaco at the San Diego Zoo

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Jaguar (mommy)Jaguar at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala mommy and joeyKoala mommy and joey at the San Diego Zoo

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Cuvier’s gazelleCuvier's gazelle at the San Diego Zoo

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LlamaLlama at the San Diego Zoo

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Baby takins playing

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Flamingos at the height of nesting season

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Little birds, pretty birds, ugly birds, big birds, not-birds, and really big birds

I livew in my own little world

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A selection of birds from the past couple of months, some from Balboa Park, some from the Zoo, some from Mission Bay Park, some from Little Italy.

Hummingbird in storm clouds at Balboa ParkHummingbird and storm clouds

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Mallard at Balboa ParkMallard

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Not-bird (Bird of Paradise flower)Bird of Paradise flower

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Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (next two pictures) at the San Diego ZooIMG_3124 framed

Blue-crowned hanging parrot

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Mallard ducklings (next two pictures) at the San Diego ZooMallard chicks

Mallard ducklings

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Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove at the San Diego ZooYellow-breasted Fruit Dove

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Flamingo at the San Diego ZooFlamingo at the San Diego Zoo

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Flamingo mommy and egg at the San Diego ZooFlamingo egg at the San Diego Zoo

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Always someone who has to stand out from the crowd
San Diego ZooFlamingos at the San Diego Zoo

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Mandarin Duck at the San Diego ZooMandarin Duck at the San Diego Zoo

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California Condor at the San Diego ZooCalifornia Condor at the San Diego Zoo

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Secretary Bird at the San Diego ZooSecretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo

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Steller’s Sea Eagle at the San Diego ZooSteller's Sea Eagle at the San Diego Zoo

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Great White Pelican at the San Diego ZooGreat White Pelican at the San Diego Zoo

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Great Blue Heron visiting the San Diego ZooGreat Blue Heron visiting the San Diego Zoo

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Chollas Lake ParkRock Pigeon and Ground Squirrel at Chollas Lake Park

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Unknown bird at Mission Bay ParkUnknown bird at Mission Bay Park

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Flash video of the unknown bird fishing at Mission Bay Park

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Black-crowned Night Heron at Mission Bay ParkBlack-crowned Night Heron at Mission Bay Park

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Surprise
Rose Garden at Balboa Park

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Really big bird flying over Little Italy

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Young flamingo at the San Diego Zoo

Looks mighty uncomfortable

Picture of the Moment

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When Zoey the Cool Cat gets into some of her contorted positions to take a nap, I often wonder just how comfortable it can be.

Seems other creatures also like to get into awkward positions that look mighty uncomfortable:

Young flamingo at the San Diego Zoo

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That’s a young flamingo from last year’s brood.

The flamingos at the Zoo are busy building their nests for this year’s brood.

Here are a bunch of nests from last year:

Flamingo nests at the San Diego Zoo

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Balboa Park Railroad

A quick trip to Balboa Park in San Diego

Out & About

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Early yesterday morning I became aware that the historic and beautiful Botanic Building in Balboa Park was full of orchids, blooming orchids.

I guess you know that’s where I headed yesterday afternoon.

Orchids will be the flower of the week in this week’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

Balboa Park was crowded yesterday, as it usually is on sunny weekends, but especially so on holiday weekends.

Usually I can park in the San Diego Zoo’s parking lot and walk anywhere within the park easily and quickly.

Yesterday the Zoo lot was full and each aisle had four or five cars waiting in it for someone to leave so they could park.

Finally, I got out of the Zoo lot and parked outside the park, which made for a longer walk.

Here are some pictures of what I saw walking from my car to the Botanic Building:

Ficus trees can be found throughout Balboa Park with their ubiquitous surface roots:

Ficus tree roots

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It’s bloom time throughout San Diego for the Foxtail Agave (Agave attenuata). These things have this huge, arching stalk with billions and billions and billions of flowers on it. In the picture below, you can see the dead flowers (brown), the blooming flowers (yellow), and the flower buds (green) on the stalk. Bees love these things, so be careful if you go near them.

Agave attenuata at the San Diego Zoo

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In 1968, while living with my wise old grandmother in Kingsville, Texas, we went to visit her oldest living son (my dad was the oldest, but deceased) in Chatsworth, California, a Los Angeles suburb in the San Fernando Valley. That was my introduction to the Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia), and since that time I have been trying to get the perfect picture of a flower. This is close.

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)

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The problem with the Bird of Paradise flower is that it is so long-lasting that parts of it have died by the time other parts are just blooming.

No trip to Balboa Park is complete without at least a quick trip to the San Diego Zoo:

Flamingo at the San Diego Zoo

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Remember that the San Diego Zoo is also an internationally recognized botanic garden, so stop to enjoy the many plants and flowers, too.

Pansies at the San Diego Zoo

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Clivia at the San Diego Zoo

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In spite of all my stops and side trips, I made it to the Botanic Building, one of the most photographed buildings in San Diego and one of the largest lattice buildings in the world:

Botanic Building in Balboa Park

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At the two entrances to the Botanic Building, there are two very large Milkweed plants. Wildlife enthusiasts probably know the Milkweed as the plant of choice for Monarch butterflies, and regardless of the time of year, you can find either butterflies, caterpillars, or chrysalises on the plants. Yesterday I saw two caterpillars. The prettiest one:

Monarch butterfly caterpillar

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Lastly, the Balboa Park Railroad appears to be open for business again. It closes for the rainy season. During the offseason the Railroad acquired a couple of guardians:

Balboa Park Railroad

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Balboa Park Railroad in San Diego

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If you have some young children in your household, call them over now for a journey on the Balboa Park Railroad, located in front of the entrance to the San Diego Zoo:

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Did you see the animals riding in the cars with everyone? You have to look closely. There’s a panda, a giraffe, and a lion.

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

A visit to the Marriott Coronado Island Resort

Out & About

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If you are coming to San Diego for a romantic vacation, might I suggest booking the Marriott Coronado Island Resort?

Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort map

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Along with the quaint cottages, every room has a view of water, and most rooms have a view of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge and downtown San Diego across the bay. A late afternoon or early evening walk along the beach with a view of downtown San Diego is just, well, romantic!

San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge

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Downtown San Diego from Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Downtown San Diego from Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Downtown San Diego from Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Also, if anyone asks you where you can see flamingos, there are actually four places in San Diego. Most people think there are just three—the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and SeaWorld—but you can see more flamingos, as well as ducks, gulls, egrets, and herons, in the lagoon at the Marriott Coronado Island Resort.

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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In the Marriott courtyard, there is a small aviary with lots of cute little birds. In this first picture, I’m presuming daddy is on lookout duty while mommy is sitting inside taking care of the little ones.

Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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The grounds are beautifully landscaped with ponds, streams, waterfalls, and plants:

Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Marriott Coronado Island Resort

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Did you see the two sleeping mallards in that picture above?

If you do stay at the Marriott Coronado Island Resort, I hope you have a good time and that you’ll send me a postcard………….

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